Schmid, Petra, Prof. Dr.

Prof. Dr.  Petra Schmid

Prof. Dr. Petra Schmid

Dep. Management,Technolog.u.Ökon. 

WEV  J 408 

Weinbergstr. 56/58

8092 Zürich


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Research area

Petra Schmid examines the psychological and neural mechanisms involved in the effect of social power on behavior. Much of her research focuses on the role of affect, motivation, and self-control in the effects of power on goal-directed behavior and decision-making.

Curriculum Vitae

Petra Schmid is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (D-MTEC). After earning her licentiate's degree in Psychology at the University of Bern in 2006, she completed her PhD in Work Psychology at the Institute of Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Neuchatel in 2009. She also gained first postdoctoral experience from 2010-2012 at the University of Neuchatel where she was part of a project funded by the Geneva-based NCCR Affective Sciences. During this postdoctoral period, she obtained funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the University of Neuchatel for three short scientific stays at the University of Tampere, Finland. Dr. Schmid was additionally awarded the SNSF Fellowship for Prospective Researchers—a postdoctoral fellowship for a 2-year stay at the Department of Psychology (Social Neuroscience Lab) at New York University from 2012 to 2014. She continued working as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University until joining the faculty of ETH Zurich in 2015. 




Schmid, P. C., Hackel, L. M., Jasperse, L., & Amodio, D. M. (in press). Frontal cortical effects on feedback processing and reinforcement learning: Relation of EEG asymmetry with the feedback-related negativity and behavior. Psychophysiology.

Schmid, P. C., & Amodio, D. M. (2017). Power effects on implicit prejudice and stereotyping: The role of ingroup vs. outgroup face processing. Social Neuroscience, 12, 218-231.

Schmid, P. C. (2016). Interpersonal sensitivity – situational effects. In J. A. Hall, M. Schmid Mast, & T. V. West (Eds.), The Social Psychology of Perceiving Others Accurately (pp. 230-252). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Schmid, P. C., Kleiman, T., & Amodio, D. M. (2015). Neural mechanisms of proactive and reactive cognitive control in social anxiety. Cortex, 70, 137-145.

Schmid, P. C., Schmid Mast, M., & Mast, F. W. (2015). Prioritizing – the task strategy of the powerful? Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68, 2097-2105.

Schmid, P. C., Kleiman, T., & Amodio, D. M. (2015). Power effects on cognitive control: Turning conflict into action. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, 655-663.

Schmid, P. C., & Schmid Mast, M. (2013). Power increases performance in a social evaluation situation as a result of decreased stress responses. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 201-211.

Bombari, D., Schmid, P. C., Schmid Mast, M., Birri, S., Mast, F. W., & Lobmaier, J. S. (2013). Emotion recognition: The role of featural and configural face information. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 2426-2442.

Grubert, A. K., Schmid, P. C., & Krummenacher, J. (2013). Happy with a difference, unhappy with an identity: Observers’ affective state determines processing depth in visual search. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics, 75, 41-52.

Schmid, P. C., Schmid Mast, M., Bombari, D., Mast, F. W., & Lobmaier, J. S. (2011). How mood states affect information processing during facial emotion recognition: An eye tracking study. Swiss Journal of Psychology, Special Issue: Social Cues in Faces, 70, 223-231.

Schmid, P. C., Schmid Mast, M., Bombari, D., & Mast, F. W. (2011). Gender effects in information processing on a nonverbal decoding task. Sex Roles, 65, 102-107.

Schmid, P. C., & Schmid Mast, M. (2010). Mood effects on emotion recognition. Motivation and Emotion, 34, 288-292.

Sauer, J., Darioly, A., Schmid Mast, M., Schmid, P. C., & Bischof, N. (2010). A multi-level approach of evaluating crew resource management training: A lab-based study examining communication skills as a function of team congruence. Ergonomics, 35, 1311-1324.

Schmid Mast, M., Hall, J. A., & Schmid, P. C. (2010). Wanting to be boss and wanting to be subordinate: Effects on interaction performance. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 458–472.


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